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CONTINUOUS CONTAINER GARDENS

Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins. Storey Publishing, North Adams, Massachusetts, 2010. 271 pp. Publisher’s price, paperback: $19.95.

It’s not difficult to create containers brimming with flowers in the summer. But what about one by the front door that arrests your interest in all seasons, including winter? For design ideas, plant recommendations, tips and inspiring photographs, turn to Continuous Container Gardens, a beautifully illustrated, informative book that will inspire you to extend the working season for the containers in your garden.

CONTAINER CONFIDENTIAL THE VEGETABLE GARDENER’S CONTAINER BIBLE

Edward C. Smith. Storey Publishing, North Adams, Massachusetts, 2011. 263 pp. Publisher’s price, paperback: $19.95.

You want a few homegrown, organic vegetables, but you don’t want to commit your life at the lake to hoeing, weeding, feeding and watering a vegetable patch (and then compete with deer for the harvest). The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible may be the answer. As the name suggests, this “Bible” answers any question you might have about growing vegetables in containers, and some you may not have thought of but are glad to know the answer. Useful topics covered in the book include succession planting in containers, winter protection to extend the growing season, ornamental herb and vegetable plant combinations, self watering and recommendations for specific hybrids that are well suited to contained growing conditions. Next summer, I expect to see lots of produce growing on docks!

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Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia's premier lifestyle and entertainment publication. Visit our web site at www.smithmountainlake.com.

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Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia's premier lifestyle and entertainment publication. Visit our web site at www.smithmountainlake.com.

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